I like to support charities close to my heart and wanted to share some with you for your consideration this holiday season since supporting others and giving back feels SO good. Also, for the impossible to shop for, making a donation in their name is a wonderfully thoughtful gift.
As you know, animal charities are very important to me. If I could save all the puppies in the world, I would. If Andrew would let me, I’d rescue ten dogs (including this guy who I am PRAYING will find a forever home soon!) But it’s not just dogs- it’s cats, bunnies, horses, elephants… you name it. Locally, I’m a big fan of the Animal Rescue League– they do amazing work and I financially donate and have made a resolution to find ways to get MORE involved this year. You can donate HERE or look at the animals up for adoption HERE. Rescue puppies are the BEST puppies, after all. Oliver is a rescue from a puppy mill and he’s the best dog in the world (Baxter was from a breeder and is nuts- I love him to pieces, but he’s cray-cray.)
Another animal charity I love is Best Friends Animal Society in Utah- they run an amazing sanctuary for homeless animals and spearhead a fantastic “no kill” initiative. You can donate HERE and search adoptable animals HERE.
I met a wonderful couple this year who run an INCREDIBLE charity in Kenya called Flying Kites which is a home, primary school and scholarship program for orphaned children with nowhere else to turn. The work they do is really awe inspiring. You can provide support through monthly sponsorships of a child (starting as low as $12 a month), via a donation (which until the end of the month will be matched by one of their supporters), their holiday wishlist or through their adventure travel (have a goal to summit Kilamanjaro in 2015?? Here ya go!) I hope Andrew & I can someday do their Safari & Service trip!
On a somewhat related note (this company is affiliated with Flying Kites too), if you want to gift something beautiful that also gives back a Two Penny Blue blazer fits both needs! For each blazer purchased a uniform is donated to a girl in Africa so they can attend Daraja Academy. I’ve worked with this company since it’s inception and really believe in the mission.
My favorite is the Parker blazer, I wore it on tour and it’s the perfect dress up/ dress down staple. And an awesome gift.
Another charity that I’ve become involved in thanks to a client (actually Andrew is now on their board and LOVES it) is BUILD. There are locations in Boston, San Francisco and DC and they use entrepreneurship to excite and propel disengaged, low-income students through high school to college success. It’s a wonderful new angle, to teach under-served kids entrepreneurial skills, which gives them tools to grow and create their own careers! These kids have to dream up a product, create a business plan, pitch the idea to get funding and then operate the business. It’s really fantastic. You can donate HERE or go here to learn how to support BUILD through your everyday online shopping. (P.S. The company providing the shop-to-donate platform is Andrew’s new company, actually!)
I hope this may inspire you to give back this season or gift someone you love a donation in their name!